Citizenship, Borders, and Human Needs

Citizenship, Borders, and Human Needs

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From anxiety about Muslim immigrants in Western Europe to concerns about undocumented workers and cross-border security threats in the United States, disputes over immigration have proliferated and intensified in recent years. These debates are among the most contentious facing constitutional democracies, and they show little sign of fading away.

Edited and with an introduction by political scientist Rogers M. Smith, Citizenship, Borders, and Human Needs brings together essays by leading international scholars from a wide range of disciplines to explore the economic, cultural, political, and normative aspects of comparative immigration policies. In the first section, contributors go beyond familiar explanations of immigration's economic effects to explore whose needs are truly helped and harmed by current migration patterns. The concerns of receiving countries include but are not limited to their economic interests, and several essays weigh different models of managing cultural identity and conflict in democracies with large immigrant populations.

Other essays consider the implications of immigration for politics and citizenship. In many nations, large-scale immigration challenges existing political institutions, which must struggle to foster political inclusion and accommodate changing ways of belonging to the polity. The volume concludes with contrasting reflections on the normative standards that should guide immigration policies in modern constitutional democracies.

Citizenship, Borders, and Human Needs develops connections between thoughtful scholarship and public policy, thereby advancing public debate on these complex and divisive issues. Though most attention in the collection is devoted to the dilemmas facing immigrant-receiving countries in the West, the volume also explores policies and outcomes in immigrant-sending countries, as well as the situation of developing nations-such as India-that are net receivers of migrants.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 504 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 27.94mm | 680.39g
  • Pennsylvania, United States
  • English
  • 0812222695
  • 9780812222692

Table of contents


-Rogers M. Smith

1. International Migration: Global Trends and Issues

-Demetrios G. Papademetriou


2. Rural Migration and Economic Development with Reference to Mexico and the United States

-Antonio Yu'nez-Naude

3. Global Migrations and Economic Need

-Saskia Sassen

4. The Immigration Paradox: Alien Workers and Distributive Justice

-Howard F. Chang

5. What Is an Economic Migrant? Europe's New Borders and the Politics of Classification

-Karolina Szmagalska-Follis


6. Brokering Inclusion: Education, Language, and the Immigrant Middle Class

-Mae M. Ngai

7. Immigration, Citizenship, and the Need for Integration

-Christian Joppke

8. Engendering Culture: Citizenship, Identity, and Belonging

-Leti Volpp

9. Three Models of Civic Solidarity

Sarah Song


10 Immigration and Security in the United States

-Christopher Rudolph

11. Citizenship's New Subject: The Illegal Immigrant Voter

-Kamal Sadiq

12. ''We the People'' in an Age of Migration: Multiculturalism and Immigrants' Political Integration in Comparative Perspective

-Irene Bloemraad

13. Associational Governance of Ethno-Religious Diversity in Europe: The Dutch Case

-Veit Bader


14. When and Why Should Liberal Democracies Restrict Immigration?

-Stephen Macedo

15. Expatriatism: The Theory and Practice of Open Borders

-Chandran Kukathas

16. Citizenship and Free Movement

-Rainer Bauboeck



List of Contributors

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Review quote

"This volume does an admirable job of laying an impressive, comparative, and multifaceted groundwork to help readers gain some analytical traction on the many facets of [global migration].-Perspectives on Politics "The strength of the volume is in weaving together so many disparate discussions about immigration, revealing the complexities facing modern states, nationals, and immigrants."-Choice "The core issues that are covered in this edited volume are framed around the need to bring together perspectives from a range of academic disciplines and theoretical perspectives to explore contemporary controversies about the economic, social, cultural and political impact of immigration. . . . There is much to be admired in their various efforts."-Ethnic and Racial Studies
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About Rogers M. Smith

Rogers M. Smith is Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania and coeditor of Varieties of Sovereignty and Citizenship, also available from the University of Pennsylvania Press.
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